Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ratoath AC AGM tomorrow Monday November 30th @ 8:40pm

The Annual General Meeting of Ratoath Athletic Club will take place tomorrow night Monday November 30th @8:40pm in the Ratoath GAA Club House 

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night

Thank you for your support during the year.

Monday, November 23, 2015

National XC Championships Santry Demesne

The national even age juvenile , junior and senior cross country championships were held in Santry Demesne on Sunday 22 Nov.

Underfoot conditions were a lot better than expected but the course still represented a tough challenge even for the top class fields assembled.  Ratoath a/c had four athletes competing and they all put in fine performances. First up were Aimee Doherty and Amelia Campbell in the girls u 12. Aimee got out fast and remained in the top 10 for most of the race but slipped to 14th in the sprint for the finish with Amelia in 79th position. Both girls scored on the Meath county team but had hard luck with Meath just out of the medals in 4th. Aimee, however, had the satisfaction of being a scorer on the Leinster winning team.

Deirdre Healy was next up in the junior womens. With 6 places up for grabs on the Irish team to compete in France at the European championships it was always likely to be super competitive and so it proved. Deirdre was seventh with only about 600m remaining but she called upon all her experience and determination to finish 3rd junior and 4th overall. Deirdre has been selected on the Irish junior team and will be the first Ratoath a/c athlete to compete in the European cross country championships.

Ciaran Crowther has been the mainstay of our mens junior training group this year and is probably our most improved male athlete as a consequence. He was our sole representative on the Meath u 18 team. Ciaran started very aggressively as it was a combined u 18 and junior men's race with close to 200 competing. Ciaran was the fourth scorer on the Meath team that took 3rd county when finishing 51st.

Well done to all

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Meath Awards 2015

The annual Meath Awards took place last Sunday the 14th of November in the Ardboyne hotel Navan. Huge congratulations to Ratoath Athletic Club athletes, coaches and committee on a very successful Meath Awards night.
The club would not have been so successful this year if it had not of been for the hard work and dedication put in by all our fantastic coaches for training, organising and encouraging all athletes to take part in the various events.
Big thank you must also go the athlete’s parents for taking their children to training each week and also for traveling to all the events to encourage and support our athletes.

All the underage athletes who won medals at National Championships this year were presented with plaques by Meath Athletics Honorary President Dessie Gough to acknowledge their achievement. The following are the Ratoath AC National Medal Winners:

Aimee Doherty: -3rd in National u12 Indoor 600m         
Alex Hunter:      2nd in u17 2000m Steeplechase    
Deirdre Healy:   3rd in national indoor   U19 1500m
Lili O’Connor:  1st in   u13 National Indoor 60m Hurdles and 1st in 60m Outdoor Hurdles
Matthew Buckley: 1st in u14 National 60m Sprint,  2nd in National Indoor 60m Hurdles,  1st in Outdoor 80m Sprint, 2nd in Outdoor 75m Hurdles, 1st in the national u 14 200m

Ratoath AC win the treble 
This year for the first time ever ratoath ac won the top three juvenile club awards

Best Juvenile Club at the Cross Country Championships 2014

Best Juvenile Club at the T&F Championships 2015 The Bob Heffernan Shield    

Inter Club Track & Field League 2015:  Division A Winners by 100 points:  Ratoath AC.

Our U9's had a very successful year in their first year of competing winning both girls and boys U9 Meath team of the year.

The Heffernan Cup: Girls U9 Team:           Ratoath AC                                                                                        
Na Fianna Cup: Boys U9 Team:                  Ratoath AC                                          

Meath Athlete's of the year

Cross Country & Road Meath Athlete of the year

U11-13            Girls                Aimee Doherty 

U17-19            Girls                Deirdre Healy             

Track & Field Meath Athlete of the year

U11-13 Track            Girls    Lili O’Connor     
U14-16 Track and field Meath Athlete of the year 
Girls    Emma Coroner  
Boys    Matthew Buckley       

Senior Track  Meath Athlete of the year    Conor Duncan    

Well done to all the Club athletes and their coaches on a very successful year, they well deserve to be acknowledged as they are a hard working talented group of athletes. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Day two Meath XC league is CANCELLED tomorrow 15th November

Due to weather & ground conditions day two of Meath Juvenile Cross Country League which was to take place tomorrow 15th November is cancelled. Please pass this message on.

Meath Cross Country league day 2

Meath Cross Country league day 2 for even ages takes place this Sunday the 15th November In Athboy. First race is girls U10 which starts at midday. Those competiting to be at the venue at least 30 mins before first race. Anyone unsure of directions can meet up with Hugh & Keith who will be departing from track at Jamestown at 10.40am. Best of luck to all running!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Leinster Juvenile Cross Country Championships

The even age categories were held in Moyvalley on 25th Oct. Aimee Doherty led home our u 12 girls with a storming run when finishing 6th. She was well supported by Amelia Campbell (38th), Clara Walshsubiran (65th) and Molly Keane (85th). Meath were second in the county team. Fionn Drummond  is gradually getting back to his best form after being out for some time with an injured knee and he spearheaded our u 12 boys in 40th. He was closely followed by Jamie Fewer (54th) and Kyle Witter (66th). These 3 lads will surely form the basis of a strong club team going forward. Deirdre Healy was an impressive winner of the u 19 girls and looks to be in good form for the upcoming Irish junior team trials while Ciaran Crowther got out of his sick bed to finish 15th in the u 18 boys and helped Meath win the county title

JFK Park in Wexford was the venue for the uneven ages on Nov 8th. Persistent rain made for extremely tough conditions but our athletes were up to the task. None more so than Sophie Quinn who seemed to float over the mud on her way to winning the girls u 11. Laura Kelly was equally impressive with a super 9th place. Sophie and Laura were backed up with fine runs by Aisling Strarford (58th), Amy Forde (71st) and Lily Nannery (137th) and won bronze in the club team. Meath took gold in the county team category. Eoin Kane (55th) and Stephen Walsh (76th) gave it everything in the boys u 11 and are ones to watch for the future. Tom Kilgannon finished like the proverbial train to get up for 10th in the u 13's, just ahead of Oisin Kelly 17th and Stephen Kiernan 77th. Tom is improving with every run on the country and should go very well in the nationals. Karen Hayes was 37th  and Aoife Kelly 60th in the u 15 girls. Both made the Meath scoring team but were just out of the medals in the county team when finishing a close 5th. Fergal Kilgannon was our lone representative in the boys equivalent and ran strongly for 58th place . Aine O Connor (23rd) and Niamh Gannon helped Meath take bronze in the county team while Ben Mahon grabbed the sixth spot on the Meath scoring team by moving up 4 places on the last lap to finish 35th. This essentially enabled Meath to won the county team title by just 4 points.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tonights 6:30PM Training Cancelled

 All 6:30pm U9, U10, U11 and U12 training is cancelled this evening due to bad weather

Ratoath AC AGM set for Monday November 30th @ 8:40pm

The Annual General Meeting of Ratoath Athletic Club will take place in the Ratoath GAA Club House on Monday November 30th @8:40pm.

If any club members have motions they would like to put forward or if you would like to join our committee (we are always in need of new committee members), please forward all motions and nominations to Club secretary SinĂ©ad McGoldrick at before Monday the 23rd of November.      Agenda to follow.

Thank you for all your support during the year. 
Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Its tough at the top

Meath Athletes Ben Mahon and Naoise McKenna had to improvise and shower in a water fountain after the uneven ages Leinster XC championships at a very wet and mucky Kernnedy Park this weekend

Friday, November 6, 2015

It is with great regret that we have learned the sad news of the sudden death of Ann Johnston, Mother of Karen and grandmother to club members Sophie, Lili, Harry and Charlie O’Connor.  
May she Rest In Peace

 Reposing at her residence from 5pm until 10pm today, Friday 6th, November and from 11am until 3.30 pm tomorrow, Saturday, 7th November with removal Saturday evening to The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt arriving at 5pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 12 noon, burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery for more details

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Leinster Cross Country 2015 - Day 3 uneven ages details

Best of luck to all the Ratoath AC athletes taking part in this weekends Leinster Cross Country Championships below are the competition details, please email us if you have any questions.

**Meet at 11am under the Ratoath AC Flag for course walk and warm up**

Day 3  will take place on Sunday 8th November, 2015 in John F Kennedy Park and Arboretum, New Ross, Co Wexford and will be hosted by United Striders Athletic Club.  
The park is situated 7 miles outside New Ross on the main Duncannon road. 

The Championship Races will commence at 12:00 noon with
Girls  U11             1,500m - 12:00             
Boys U/11            1,500m - 12:15
Girls U/13             2,500m - 12:25
Boys U/13            2,500m - 12:40
Girls U/15             3,500m - 12:55
Boys U/15            3,500m - 13:15
Girls U/17             4,000m - 13:35
Boys U/17            5,000m – 13:55
Intermediate Women      4,000m - 14:20
Intermediate Men           8,000m - 14:40

 Link below for course map

NO on the day entries or amendments allowed
No Late entries accepted – please do not ask as refusal often offends.

Juvenile & Intermediate Individual Medals will be presented straight after each race.  We ask all parents, athletes & coaches to be patient with us as Club & County Team results are worked out and it is hoped that medals will be presented approximately 1 hour after each event (this will vary depending on help received from each club/county on the day